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Playa del Carmen Shore excursions

Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Shore excursions

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

1. From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization. After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life. Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. Next, float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape. Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation make this a perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

2. Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

Punta Allen is a picturesque and perfect place to park yourself on a boat tour. Here explore the local lagoons and come face to face with the incredible wildlife of this region. You'll have the chance to see beautiful birds and maybe even the opportunity to see wild dolphins and sea turtles that live in these waters. On the tour, also stop at the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, where you can jump out of the boat and enjoy a pleasant snorkel adventure (subject to sea conditions). You'll be amazed at the colors of this very healthy coral reef and the varieties of fish are absolutely stunning. The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish. Then, head to the beach, where the picture-perfect sandbar awaits. Here enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch of fresh fish and fruit before heading back out to explore a bit more. The biodiversity of the Yucatan Peninsula is essential and the aim is to share this passion with you and teach you how you can all work to keep this great natural land safe for future generations. It became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and you'll understand why.

Punta Laguna and Coba Day Trip

3. Punta Laguna and Coba Day Trip

Above you, a monkey is playing high up in the treetops. In the distance, you hear bird calls and the buzz of friendly insects keeping this lush jungle alive. At the natural reserve and monkey sanctuary of Punta Laguna, you will co-exist with this amazement of nature, and enjoy a peaceful and active day enjoying this stunning reserve. Your specialized guide will take you to the archaeological site of Coba, one of the most important of the region. This Pre-Columbian Maya civilization is surrounded by two beautiful lagoons, and a series of elevated stone and plaster roads which radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. Here you can explore several large temple pyramids, some reaching as high as 138ft (42m) in height! We also have the chance to cool off in some of the most beautiful cenotes (sink-holes) this area has to offer. Afterwards, we can enjoy typical Mayan cuisine by the lake, before witnessing a grand Mayan ceremony! And if you're up for it, you can even take a zip-line through the high treetops of this incredible area. The choices are yours, and we make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, observing the wildlife, taking a canoe out, or just relaxing in this stunning jungle reserve!

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

4. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

Discover the natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. Picture Tulum’s origins as a major port as you take in the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to a sacred cenote where you will take a dop, leaving the heat and your worries behind. At Cobá, find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of the Choo-Ha cenote. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Have some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

Snorkeling & Underground Cenotes Half-Day Tour from Tulum

5. Snorkeling & Underground Cenotes Half-Day Tour from Tulum

This half-day tour takes you on a wonderful journey into the mysterious world of the Mexican cenotes, an interconnected network of limestone sinkholes that are sacred to the Mayans. Venture into the world of the unknown, deep in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula as you follow the cave path into an area once reserved for special offerings to the gods. Shine your flashlight deep into the cave and follow the stream down into one of the area's best cenotes. These natural limestone sinkholes make for incredible freshwater swimming opportunities, with refreshing waters that gently wash over you. Return to ground level and head for the Caribbean Sea to enjoy a snorkeling adventure in one of the largest reefs in the world. You will swim with schools of brightly colored fish, squid, rays, lobsters and maybe even a dolphin or two. Look out for the region’s famous and lovable sea turtles. You will be provided with all necessary snorkeling equipment and a wet suit for the cenotes Your guide will teach you about the cenote formation, tell you tales of ancient Mayan interpretations and explain the biodiversity of the reef system to you, before you return to Tulum by air-conditioned vehicle.

From Playa del Carmen or Tulum: Coba Full-Day Tour

6. From Playa del Carmen or Tulum: Coba Full-Day Tour

Explore the vast Coba Mayan ruins, a national archaeological site where you’ll be amazed at the sheer size of this important Mayan city. You’ll be picked up at 09:00 in either Playa del Carmen or Tulum for the 3 hour drive to the site. Marvel at the graceful, impressive structures that have been unearthed. The ruins are unique in that there has been very little restoration, and only a few of the site’s estimated 6,500 structures have been uncovered so far. Climb the 120 stairs to the top of the Grand Pyramid. It’s well worth the effort, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the jungle. After touring the ruins, you’ll visit a Mayan village to experience the lifestyle today. Lunch is included during the tour.

Riviera Maya: Tulum Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling, and Lunch Trip

7. Riviera Maya: Tulum Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling, and Lunch Trip

The ancient walled city of Tulum sits atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise Mexican Caribbean Sea creating vistas that will take your breath away. Explore the Tulum Mayan ruins with an expert guide and discover why this is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the Riviera Maya. Dive into the natural habitat of sea turtles with a once in a lifetime adventure in Akumal. This calm bay in the Riviera Maya is home to sea turtles who come to graze on the seagrass giving you an opportunity to snorkel alongside them in an extraordinary natural encounter. Head into the jungle and discover a magical oasis in a unique cenote swim in the Riviera Maya! Cenotes are natural limestone sinkholes full of mineral-rich freshwater, the perfect “swimming hole” to refresh and play and admire the stunning natural beauty of the jungle. A guided tour of the Tulum Mayan ruins, swimming with sea turtles in Akumal and a jungle oasis cenote swim in the Riviera Maya plus round-trip transportation, beverages and a delicious local lunch included!

From Riviera Maya: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

8. From Riviera Maya: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

Explore the marvels of Holbox, a bird lovers' paradise, on this day trip from Cancún or Puerto del Carmen. Start your journey with a trip to Chiquilá, where you will board a boat and head towards Isla de la Pasión and Isla Pájaros. During the boat ride, spot some native birds before stopping on the sandbanks of a beach with white sands and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel before lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop on a golf buggy for a 30-minute guided tour of the island, followed by some more free time at one of the island's most renowned beaches. Before heading back to the port, visit the center of Holbox and soak up the culture with the chance to meet some local residents.

From Riviera Maya: Day Tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres

9. From Riviera Maya: Day Tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres

Enjoy a day of visiting two stunning beach destinations departing from the Riviera Maya. These islands will make for great photo opportunities and a perfect Caribbean tan. First, you'll travel to Isla Contoy, a natural national park known to be a paradise and a sanctuary for migratory and native birds. Here, you’ll discover the diverse flora and fauna that calls this place home. Its dreamy beaches and the turquoise blue of the sea surround it, with a view to never forget. Afterward, you will head just a few kilometers off Isla Contoy, where you will snorkel at the tip of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Lastly, you'll visit Isla Mujeres, an amazing island renowned for the charm of its beautiful beaches and its crafts market.

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

10. Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

Come and snorkel with sea turtles in the second largest coral reef in the world. Snorkel in a natural protected area, Akumal, which is Mayan for place of the Turtles. Akumal is a cozy little beach community located 75 miles (120 km) south of Cancun along Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. The protected area of Akumal is home to many animals like the marine turtles. The marine turtles come near the beach of Akumal and you will get the chance to see them up close. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of a cenote, a natural swimming hole. These natural swimming pools form when limestome bedrock crumbles away, revealing pristine streams beneath. Itinerary: 07:00 Latest pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (8:00 Playa del Carmen and 08:45 Tulum). 09:00 Snorkel in Akumal, a natural protected area and enjoy the sea turtle observation with explanation of your guide. 10:45 We will have snacks at the cenote, such as peanuts, granola bars, fruit, water, juice & sodas. 11:00 Snorkeling in the famous "Cenote Azul" and enjoy its crystal clear waters. 12:00 Transfer back to your hotel. 14:00 Arrival at your hotel in Cancun (13:00 Playa del Carmen).

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4.7 / 5

based on 82 reviews

Our experience was awesome. My favorite part of the tour was Alondra. She was incredibly knowledgeable about as aspects of Mayan life and ancient history related to that part of the world. She was energetic, funny, and charismatic. Her partner Arturo was also very helpful throughout the trip but honestly Alondra made the day so fun. I would take the tour again just to hang out with her. The tour of the ruins was great but the lazy river was a highlight for my and my lady. Highly recommend this tour. Especially since it wasn't too far away from Tulum beach.

It was an incredibly beautiful day. We were in Coba, our guide led us through the facilities with a lot of passion. Learned a lot and also took away fun facts. After a fresh coconut we went into the jungle, make tacos with a Mayan family, then into the protected area to watch monkeys and go ziplining and kayaking. Finally we were at a pretty little cenote. We were the only people there. I booked the excursion alone and met nice people there. It was a lovely trip from start to finish.

Amazing tour, had a wonderful day. Very nice tour guide that told us a lot about the fauna. Also the captain of the boat could find a lot of animals in de mangroves so we could see a lot!

Amazing day ! Everything was great, the visits, the meal, the lagoon. Special mention for Ursula who was great as a guide!

Our guide Martin was awesome! We only had a short amount of time and this tour lasted from 8am-1pm which was perfect.